Koreanistik

Yong Wook Lee

Professor, Ph.D.

Portrait

Yong Wook Lee is Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Korea University (Seoul, Korea). His research examines how identities and norms affect and are affected by states and their practices within domestic and international contexts with focus on international political economy. Lee is the author, editor, and translator of seven books and has published numerous articles and book chapters in academic journals and edited volumes. Lee holds a Ph.D. in International Relations at the University of Southern California. Before coming to Korea University, Lee previously taught at the University of Oklahoma and Brown University. In the fall of 2018, Lee led a graduate seminar on “Korea in World Politics” at the University of Tübingen when he was a visiting scholar in Korean Studies. 

Education

  • Ph.D., International Relations, University of Southern California (2003)
  • B.A., East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Kansas (1995) 
     

Courses at the University of Tübingen

Graduate Course

  • Korea in World Politics 

Undergraduate Course

  • East Asia in World Politics 

Academic Profile

2015 –
Professor

Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University

2018 – 2019
Visiting Professor

Institute of Korean Studies, the University of Tübingen, Germany

2018
Visiting Professor

National Security College, Korea National Defense University

2010 – 2015
Associate Professor

Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University

2008 – 2010
Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University

2006 – 2008
Assistant Professor

School of International and Area Studies & Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma

2006 – 2008
Faculty Associate

U.S.-China Institute, University of Oklahoma

2004 – 2006
Freeman Fellow

Watson Institute for International Studies & Department of East Asian Studies, Brown University

2003 – 2004
Lecturer

School of International Relations, University of Southern California

2002
Visiting Scholar

Institute of Social Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan

Publications

Books

  • 2018. Understanding East Asian Studies. Korea University Press. [Korean]. Coauthor.

  • 2014. Complex Transformation of East Asia’s Regional Order and South Korea’s National Strategies (co-edited with Key-young Son). Korea University Asiatic Research Institute Press. [Korean]. Edited Volume.

  • 2014. International Relations and Pluralism in Research Methodology (co-edited with Wang Hui Lee). Sapyong Publishing Co. [Korean]. Edited Volume. 

  • 2014. China’s Rise and Regional Integration in East Asia: Hegemony or Community? (co-edited with Key-young Son). Routledge. Edited Volume. 

  • 2012. Political Economy of East Asian Financial Regionalism: Institutional Developments and Issues. Korea University Asiatic Research Institute Press. [Korean]. Edited Volume. 

  • 2011. Ways of Knowing: Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research. (with Wook Hee Shin, Wang Hui Lee, Dong Jun Cho). Eul Yu Publishing Co. [Korean]. Translation. 

  • 2008. The Japanese Challenge to the American Neoliberal World Order: Identity, Meaning, and Foreign Policy. Stanford University Press. Single Author.

Articles

  • Forthcoming. "Socialized Soft Power: Recasting Analytical Path and Public Diplomacy." (with Yooil Bae) Journal of International Relations and Development.   

  • 2019. “Relational Ontology and Politics of Boundary Making: Institutionalizing East Asian Financial Regionalism.” Politics 39(1): 18-34. 

  • 2017. “The Internationalization of the Yuan and Korea’s Financial Diplomacy: The Impossible Trinity and Strategic Choice.” New Asia 24(1): 164-194. [Korean] 

  • 2016. “Threat Diversification and Global Governance: The Limits of State-Sovereignty System.” Review of International and Area Studies 25(3): 167-202. [Korean]

  • 2016. “Korea as a New Rule Shaper? Limits and Possibilities of Korea’s Middle Power Diplomacy in G20.” National Strategy 22(2): 61-94. [Korean]

  • 2015. “Nonhegemonic or Hegemonic Cooperation? Institutional Evolution of East Asian Financial Regionalism.” Korean Journal of International Studies 13(1): 91-117. 

  • 2015. “Economic Crises, Regional Institutions, and Integrative Process Model: The Chiang Mai Initiative.” Peace Studies 23(1): 261-294. [Korean]

  • 2014. “Constructivist International Political Economy: Methods and Applications.” Journal of World Politics 35(1): 283-320. [Korean]

  • 2014. “Multilateralization of FTAs in East Asia and South Korea’s Strategy towards Korea-China-Japan FTA, TPP, and RCEP.” (with Kyong-Seok Ha) National Strategy 20(1): 5-35 (Lead Article) [Korean]

  • 2013. “Korea and Japan in Institutionalization of East Asian Financial Cooperation: From Cooperation to Conflict?” Journal of International Area Studies 17(2): 191-214. [Korean]

  • 2012. “Synthesis and Reformulation of Foreign Policy Change: Japan and East Asian Financial Regionalism.” Review of International Studies 38(4): 785-807

  • 2012. “The Choice of Korea in a Changing International Financial Order: Linking Regional to Global.” National Strategy 18(3): 5-34 (Lead Article) [Korean] 

  • 2011. “Global Financial Crisis and East Asian Financial Cooperation: The Asian Bond Market Initiative” Journal of World Politics 32(1): 85-108. [Korean] 

  • 2011. “Making and Unmaking of Transnational Cooperation: The Case of Reclamation in Japan and Korea.” (with Yooil Bae and Dong-Ae Shin). The Pacific Review 24(2): 201-223.

  • 2011. “The Rise of Yuan and the Fall of Dollar in the World of Money and Finance?” New Asia 18(1): 108-136. [Korean] 

  • 2010. “Soft Power’s Efficacy and Implications for Korean Soft Power Diplomacy.” The Studies of International Affairs 10(4): 189-216. [Korean]

  • 2009. “Neoliberal Korea and Still Developmentalist Japan: Myth or Reality?” (with Sun Youn Kwak). Global Economic Review 38(3): 277-295.

  • 2009. “The Evolution of Korean Foreign Labor Policies in the Global Context: Toward the Politics of Societal (In)Security?” Korea Observer 40(2): 301-336. 

  • 2009. “Historical Beliefs and the Perception of Threat in Northeast Asia: Colonialism, the Tributary System, and China-Japan-Korea Relations in the Twenty-First Century.” (with Peter Gries, Qingmin Zhang, and Yasuki Masui). International Relations of the Asia-Pacific 9(2): 245-265. 

  • 2009. “Using Norms Strategically: Transnational Advocacy Networks’ Operation for North Korean Human Rights.” (with Sun Young Kwak) Asian Perspective 33(1): 33-74.

  • 2008. “The Japanese Challenge to Neoliberalism: Who and What Is ‘Normal’ in the History of the World Economy?” Review of International Political Economy 15(4): 506-533.

  • 2006. “Japan and the Asian Monetary Fund: An Identity-Intention Approach.” International Studies Quarterly 50(2): 339-366. 

  • 2005. “The Politics of Foreign Labor Policies in Korea and Japan.” (with Hye Mee Park) Journal of Contemporary Asia 35(2): 143-165 (Lead Article). 

  • 2004. “The Origin of One Party Domination: America’s Reverse Course and the Emergence of the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan.” Journal of East Asian Affairs 18(2): 371-413.

  • 2004. “New Asian Regionalism and the United States: Constructing Regional Identity and Interest in the Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion.” (with Sunhyuk Kim) Pacific Focus 19(2): 185-231. 

Book Chapters

  • 2018. “International Relation of East Asia.” In Understanding East Asian Studies (Korea University Press), p. 199-221. [Korean] 

  • 2014. “Introduction.” In China’s Rise and Regional Integration in East Asia: Hegemony or Community?, edited by Yong Wook Lee and Key-young Son (Routledge), p. 1-13.

  • 2012. “Introduction: East Asian Financial Regionalism Research and Issues.” In Political Economy of East Asian Financial Regionalism: Institutional Developments and Issues, edited by Yong Wook Lee (Korea University Asiatic Research Institute Press), p. 8-24. [Korean]

  • 2012. “Conclusion.” In Political Economy of East Asian Financial Regionalism: Institutional Developments and Issues, edited by Yong Wook Lee (Korea University Asiatic Research Institute Press), p. 194-206. [Korean]

  • 2011. “Soft Power as Productive Power.” In Public Diplomacy and Soft Power in East Asia, edited by Sook Jong Lee and Jan Melissen (Palgrave-MacMillan), p. 33-49.

  • 2011. “Korean Materialism.” In Understanding Korean Identity: Through the Lens of Opinion Survey, edited by Won Taek Kang and Nae Young Lee (EAI Press), p. 215-232. [Korean]